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Christina Perez performs her poem about grief, children and the story of her ex husbands suicide.
"Come too late to find out I still loved him"
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Quote reads "I hope that in the future white women will put my face on tshirts and make money with them cause I like capitalism, it’s like not even that bad y’all" -Famous Inspirational Quote that Frida Kahlo did not say.
Baruch Porras Hernandez has been killing it on facebook with his Frida posts and now he’s turned one into a meme.
Akeemjamal Rollins - “Suicide Note” (Rustbelt 2014)
"Tell the pain I said goodbye. Tell goodbye I said hello."
A stunning poem from the 2014 Rustbelt Regional Poetry Slam.
Quiet Lightning is accepting submissions of all kinds of writing for a special Saturday afternoon show as part of the annual National Poetry Slam, to be held on August 9th 2014 in Oakland.Accepted work will be arranged into a literary mixtape performed live, without introduction or banter, and published in our journal sparkle + blink, featuring cover art by a local artist. Free copies for the first 100 people.As always, two rules: No one gets more than 8 minutes. We sometimes make exceptions but you probably shouldn’t count on it, and we ask that you please not send us more than 1,500 words total. (We sometimes ask people to read one thirty-second poem, and it is an awesome 30 seconds.)By submitting, you commit to be present for the date of the show.Other guidelines:The deadline for submissions is the end of Wednesday, July 23rd.Send us any kind of writing you’ve got. Any kind. Make up new kinds and send them to us.Selection is made through a blind process. Do not put your name anywhere — neither in the submission itself nor in the subject of your submission. (There is a place in the form that asks for a bio/cover letter and you can enter your information here — it will be hidden until after selections are made. If any of the work you’re submitting has been previously published, you should also enter that information here.) This show will be curated by Chris Cole and Evan Karp.Please note:We publish the accepted submissions in sparkle + blink, featuring a different local artist every month. It’s OK to submit previously published writings, but please let us know where they were published so we can give proper attribution. The first 100 people to the show will receive a free copy of this special edition of our book.We gladly accept audio submissions, but they must also include full text.—Don’t hesitate to contact us for any reason: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Are you attending NPS as an Audience member, Competing Poet or Volunteer? We’re teaming up with Bay Area Literary Super stars Quiet Lightning to put together an #NPSOAK of their lit journal You must be able to attend the August 9th showcase in order to submit
Ariana Brown & Arati Warrier - “Invisible” (CUPSI 2014)
"Before I know who is worthy, I have already opened my mouth for them."
A beautiful group piece from UT Austin, champions of this year’s College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational.
Lewis Mundt - “Father Benjamin” (Poetry Observed)
"Since I have been able to understand volume, my father has been the loudest quiet I have known."
Performing as part of our series with Poetry Observed.